You asked, they listened

YMCA adds hours, programs

The Minot Family YMCA in Minot has been a beloved place in the community for many years. The local “Y” is constantly trying to improve to remain Minot’s go-to place for sports and other activities. Recently, the “Y” has changed its hours at the request of not only its current members, but also other members of the community from a survey sent out over the summer. Monday through Friday the “Y” will be open from 4 a.m. to midnight, Saturdays they’ll be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“It’s tough to staff the new hours but it’s what our members asked for and you really have to listen to that,” said Cindy Mueller, director of program services. “Sunday mornings were really a hotspot, and though it’s tough to ask the staff to wake up at five in the morning on a Sunday to be here, we’ve done it.” She says the “Y” is passionate about the community and constantly improving.

Not only do they have new hours, the YMCA also provides many different activities for all ages, including swimming lessons year-round. This year, the YMCA is offering an “Autism Swims” class for 10 kids between the ages of 4 to 14 years-old that starts Oct. 9. According to their website, Trinity Hospital Occupational Therapy and the YMCA have teamed up to create this program designed to teach children with ASD how to swim. The session will be led by a swim instructor and each child will have their own volunteer whom they will get to know throughout the five week program.

Another program the “Y” offers is the “Triangle Y Summer Resident Camp” that has just come to an end for the 2017 season. The camp not only offers a fun getaway for kids, but real life experiences they will have forever, according to Mueller.

“We had the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch out for a weekend, where the kids were rewarded for good behavior. It’s a really good incentive for the kids to behave at the boys and girls ranch and then come out here and have some fun,” said Mueller. The boys and girls ranch weren’t the only ones having fun.

“The North Dakota School of the Deaf had some kids come out with translators and stayed with all the other kids. It was good for them to have that ‘normal kid’ experience and for those around them to develop empathy and realize they are just kids like them,” said Mueller.

The “Y” is dedicated to giving back to the community, whether it be through sponsored memberships, camps, classes or other fitness activities. According to Mueller, in 2016 the “Y” was able to impact at least 23,149 members of the community in some way at their facility.

For more details about upcoming events, classes, or programs, visit their website at www.ymcaminot.org or give them a call at 852-0141.

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